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Most students dread a visit to the school office and the prospect of being written up by the principal.

But at Letort Elementary School in Carlisle, “positive office referrals” for being respectful, responsible, caring and trustworthy can earn a child a special trophy at the end of a marking period.

“They get written up for making good, smart choices,” Guidance Counselor Ann Gerras said. “The principal meets with them. I meet with them. An office referral is mailed home to parents.”

Twelve students in grades K-5 were honored Friday with Character Education trophies. Each student was encouraged to bring along a classmate to share in the fun of a pizza party luncheon sponsored by Ahold USA, owner of the Giant Food store chain.

The Carlisle headquarters of Ahold recently held a food drive and then donated the items to Letort – a Title I school with a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students, Gerras said.

Arrangements were then made between school officials and Ahold to have company representatives meet students recognized for displaying positive character traits.

Friday was also Spirit Day at Letort and students at the school were wearing fake mustaches. Ahold representatives were invited to join in on the fun as they shared a meal with the students.

The school has since distributed the food to needy families.

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History and education reporter for The Sentinel.